Chocolate Sundae Sauce

August 10, 2015 · 1 comment



I’d nearly forgotten how much I love a chocolate sundae.

A few weeks ago, Julia had a school pal over for dinner and a sleep-over, and they requested chocolate  sundaes for dessert.  I didn’t have any chocolate sauce on hand, and the choices at the market were pretty uninspiring, so I decided to make some.  It went over well –and not just with the kids. [click to continue…]

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Savory Zucchini Pancakes

Monday, August 3, 2015

It’s everywhere just now –piled high in the market, all over restaurant menus and, if you planted it in your vegetable garden, probably literally underfoot.  Yes, it’s the season for zucchini –that abundant summer vegetable that just might be too much of a good thing. Here’s my favorite zucchini recipe: not a sauté, salad or […]

City Picnic

Monday, July 13, 2015

This post is sponsored by Noble Vines Wine. There are things I don’t like about picnics: insects, damp ground, heat, paper plates, and the need to pack up and lug all that food and wine to a remote location –where there probably will be many of the other things I don’t like about picnics. But […]

Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans and Minty Pesto

Monday, July 13, 2015

Potato salad is a picnic staple, and the classic American potato salad –with mayonnaise, egg, celery, pickles and such– is great anytime of the year.  In summer, though, I like to take advantage of the season’s fresh herbs and vegetables to make a lighter, fresher-tasting potato salad with pesto and green beans.  This pesto contains […]

Lobster Rolls with Jalapeño Lime Mayonnaise

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lobster rolls are a summer tradition on the Eastern Seaboard of the US.  Here’s my version of the classic, enlivened with the fresh flavors of jalapeño chile and lime, which I think complement the rich lobster meat beautifully.  If you can’t find lobster at a reasonable price, this dish is also great with crab or […]

Pizza with Fresh Corn, Jalapeño and Lime Zest

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We were in San Francisco last week, and for me, no trip to that city is complete without a visit to the Zuni Cafe.  On this visit I had an extraordinary pizza that was the inspiration for this one.  A rich cow’s milk cheese was topped with the freshest corn and finished with a sprinkling […]

Beach Babies

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Patatas Bravas

Monday, June 15, 2015

David, Julia and I are regulars at Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino, our favorite tapas places in Chelsea, and David’s favorite dish is always patatas bravas, or fried potatoes dappled with a spicy chile sauce and allioli (the Catalan version of aioli or garlic mayonnaise).  (I usually get a second order so there are […]

Lavender Gelato

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Lavender Gelato Main

This is one of my favorite things.  I’ll eat it any time of year, but the distinctive flavor of lavender flowers paired with this light gelato base makes a particularly refreshing treat on a warm summer day like today.  It’s great with summer fruit, but the flavor is good to savor on its own, which is […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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We men –and Dads in particular (“Um, I don’t really need anything.”)– aren’t usually very helpful when it comes to choosing gifts for us.   So this year we’re looking to some classic mid-century TV dads for inspiration.